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My favourite places: pâtisseries, boulangeries, chocolatiers and food shops around Paris

paris.jpgOkay, I know I live in France – and am French (see, this is how I answer two questions in une pierre deux coups) – but come on guys, France is not Paris

There are other cities. And I was even gifted with the right to live in some of them. Ask me about Antibes, Cannes, Nice or Monaco; even Toulouse.

But Paris? I go there a couple of times a year, generally for no more than a few days spent doing the compulsory shopping, dining out and partying, with very little time left for pâtisserie-scouting. What about the time when I actually lived in Paris for ten whole weeks. Now you bring this, I must say, that back then, I was in a pâtisserie, not visiting pâtisseries, and that well, thank you for reminding me I didn’t have enough time to complete the pastry-tasting I had initially planned […]

No recipe, a list of treasured places!

Saturday c’est Hermé – Le tour: les kouign amanns

pierre-herme-kouign-amann.jpgYou see those cute little guys above. Don’t underestimate them.

Oh no, don’t.

Sure, they do look nice. So plump and golden, you could almost tell right away how crisp and brittle their beautifully thin crust is.
And they certainly do taste good as well. Imagine fragile layers of fine pastry made sticky with oodles of sucre semoule [caster sugar] and beurre doux [unsalted butter]. These are probably what your next dream will be built around, which I would understand […]

Just another perfect summer day in Paris

La coupe glacée: pétale de rose et lychee with gaspacho de framboises. I could share with you my foolproof recipe for a perfect tarte au citron meringuée [lemon meringue tart], my new exciting idea, the lovely places I discovered during my one-week road trip around les Alpilles, the best risotto ever to be made or […]

Sunday c’est Hermé – Second week: la folie des macarons

How can someone be ready to work in the macaron team? This is exactly what I asked myself in the RER taking me back home after my first day working with the afternoon team – aka the macaron makers. Honestly, I was beat and wondered how the guys could be so kind, funny and professional. […]

Juste pour le plaisir… – Plaisir sucré et Pierre Hermé

[Just for enjoyment…] Well I know I’m already a week behind my schedules: right now I should be thinking about the write-up about my week at the macaron team or even the tons of articles – that are photo-ready – I have to put online. However today was a really nice day at the laboratoire […]